July 28, 2021

Venezuelan unions threaten to intensify the protests against the Government

Venezuelan unions threaten to intensify the protests against the Government

Representatives of several Venezuelan unions protested today in Caracas and threatened to intensify their claims in the streets, which take more than 100 days, to demand the Government of Nicolás Maduro salary improvements that allow them to face the economic crisis.

Dozens of workers of the state electricity and telecommunications, (Corpoelec and Cantv, respectively), partially cut an avenue of the Venezuelan capital to express their discontent over the de facto wage unification decreed by the Executive.

Last month, Maduro increased 3,500% the minimum legal salary by setting it at 1,800 bolivars, about 29 dollars according to the official rate, an equally insufficient amount against inflation that is estimated to close the year at 1,000,000% and with which they were abolished the salary scales, according to the workers.

This measure revived the union demonstrations that began in June health workers and that has been extended to almost all unions that denounce the impoverishment of working conditions.

The president of the union of Cantv, Juan Veliz, told reporters today that they will continue "on the street with all the members of the different unions" because the amount they earn monthly "is not enough to cover even the 33 articles" of basic consumption and whose prices were regulated by the Government.

For his part, the general secretary of the union of Corpoelec in Caracas, Reinaldo Díaz, considered as a "assault on the quality of life" the lack of answers from the Executive, which is the largest employer in the oil country.

"We are building a national mobilization from several states," he added.

This idea was supported by the Secretary General of the Federation of Health Workers (Fetrasalud), Pablo Zambrano, who reported that tomorrow representatives of various unions will meet "to establish a road map" and to "intensify the demonstrations."

"We are going to intensify in the demonstrations that we are going to do because the government does not want to understand that it is there to solve, not to take us to poverty," he said from another protest that took place in downtown Caracas.

Local media reported today several social and union protests including one of kidney patients who do not receive medication in the state of Lara (west) and another worker of the state-owned Siderúrgica del Orinoco in Bolívar state (south).


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